Gerbera Daisy Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera Daisy plants are native to South Africa and are a tender perennial. They grow everywhere as a colorful annual, and have a tremendously long bloom season. They are also a good bedding item, and of course a mainstay of the cutting garden as well as an indoor house plant. Perfect for potted plants, patio containers and gardens.
Start Gerbera Daisy seeds indoors about 10 weeks prior to the end of frost season.
The Gerbera Daisy flower loves full sun or partial shade and appreciates deep, rich soil with compost and other organics worked in.
How to Plant Gerbera Daisy
- Start Gerbera Daisy seeds in trays filled with moistened seed starter mix
- Poke a hole in the surface of the soil and place the daisy seed into the hole pointed end down
- Keep the soil consistently moist
- Place the tray in a warm sunny location - 70F is needed for germination
- Loosely cover the tray with plastic wrap to help hold in moisture and warmth
- Lift the plastic wrap each day to moisten soil
- Remove plasctic wrap once seedlings are up
- Continue to grow in bright light or under grow lights (14 hours a day)
- Once 2 - 3 true leaves have developed, the seedlings can be hardened off for 7 - 10 days
- Transplant out into containers or directly into the garden
Care And Maintenance
- Gerbera Daisy plants needs consistently moist soil
- They do best with regular applications of water soluable fertilizer
- Deadhead spent flowers - clip stem down to the leaf base
- The plants can be wintered over if protected from cold temperatures and mulched - plants will die back but emerge again in the spring